Grand Lucayan (Reef) - Bahamas

Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort,
Sea Horse Lane,
Grand Bahama Island,

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Grand Bahama is the closest of the main Bahamian islands to the coast of Florida and the Freeport suburb of Lucaya is one of its top attractions. The Grand Lucayan Golf Resort sprawls over 382 acres and its two 18-hole courses have hosted a number of Caribbean championships over the last half century.

The Dick Wilson-designed Lucayan course dates back to 1962 and it’ was set out over a heavily wooded landscape, but the course is now closed. The Reef is a Robert Trent Jones Jnr layout that lies beside the Yacht Club on a more open part of the property and its fairways are generally wide and forgiving – indeed, there are only 57 bunkers in total to be negotiated.

Thirteen of the holes are influenced by water hazards, nowhere more so than at three of the short holes; the 185-yard 4th, the 150-yard 14th and the 160-yard 17th. The long par fives at the 2nd and 13th are also flanked by water, as is the 430-yard home hole.

The Reef course may not be one of the architect’s very best efforts but it’s still capable of delivering a very engaging game of golf, especially when the layout is presented in optimum condition.

Hurricane Dorian seriously impacted Grand Bahama Island in September 2019 with 60% of the island left submerged by the time Dorian moved away. The Grand Lucayan Resort served as a temporary shelter for displaced island residents in the storm’s aftermath. To complicate matters a sale agreement of the Grand Lucayan Resort between the government and Bahamas Port Investments Limited has still not closed.

As the island slowly returns to normality, it’s advisable to check ahead before travelling. It remains to be seen whether or not the Reef course will re-open for play.

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Description: The Reef golf course is a Robert Trent Jones Jnr layout that lies beside the Yacht Club on a more open part of the Grand Lucayan property... Rating: 4 out of 10 Reviews: 2
Gary Slatter PGA

I hired RTJII to build the REEF, Ty Butler his associate did most of the work and they created a fun resort course, good par threes. Several holes take advantage of the “ridge” Freeport’s highest 29’ ridge. Built on original Bahama Reef Course, the REEF is open and one of Grand Bahamas survivors.

January 12, 2021
6 / 10
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Dave Edwards
The Reef course is heading in the same direction as its sister course, the Dick Wilson-designed Lucayan, which closed. I stayed at the Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort and frankly they would do themselves a favor to drop the reference to Golf Resort. The rough had been cut, if you can call it that, and the grass cuttings were left to hide any chance of finding a drive that didn’t stay on the fairways. Perhaps they were attempting to make hay. The fairways were rough and full of weeds and the greens were not much better. This was a huge disappointment as this course is billed as the best on Grand Bahama and they charged $90 for the green fee. If you want to play good golf in the Bahamas I suggest you head to Nassau or Abaco. At Freeport, the Fortune Hills 9-hole course is OK, but their fresh fish in the clubhouse is much better and the Ruby course is not bad either.
November 11, 2014
2 / 10
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